After seeing Olann yarn once or twice, I really took notice of this yarn, hand-dyed in Ireland, when Helen Stewart used it for a pair of socks in her Handmade Sock Society. I looked online for colorways and fell in love. What an amazing dyer! I bought way too much Olann that day.
Let me tell you more…
Olann is dyed on many bases, including…
Kidsilk (Lace – 72% Mohair/28% Silk)
Sock Light (Light Fingering – 80/20)
Lunasa Sock (Fingering – 50% Baby Alpaca/25% Linen/25% Silk)
Donegal Sock (Fingering – 80% Merino/20% Other)
Singles Sock (Fingering – 100% Merino)
MCN Sock (Fingering – 80/10/10)
Merino DK (100% Merino)
Donegal DK (85% Merino/15% Other)
Olann is available at many local yarn stores, in many countries, including the United States. It may be available at your LYS! If not, check out the dyer’s own website!
Ease of Shopping
The Olann website is lovely and easy to use. The colorways are well represented and and you can sort by a variety of factors.
Shipping from Ireland is, indeed, a bit expensive, but not terribly so – around $8-10. I would be willing to pay that for this yarn!
After knitting with this yarn (FO to come soon!), I can tell you that is very lovely! The colorways are unlike anything I’ve seen – variegated with amazing speckles. I’m glad I bought way too much because I know I can use this yarn for a variety of projects. It is very special, and well worth the price of shipping!